Trucks & SUVs We Love: Chevy Trucks Celebrate 100th Birthday

The New Year gives us plenty of reasons to celebrate, but this year Chevrolet truck enthusiasts have a once-in-a-lifetime reason – 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Chevrolet One-Ton, the first production Chevy truck. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Chevrolet has introduced Centennial Special Editions of its highly successful Silverado and Colorado pickup trucks, each with special Centennial Blue exterior paint and a host of unique accessory and trim items for buyers who choose an LTZ Z71 Silverado or a Z71 Colorado. Chevrolet has also established a Truck Legends Program offering unique rewards for current or previous Chevy truck owners.

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Centennial editions of Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado trucks

2018 Centennial Edition Silverado and Colorado - To commemorate 100 years of Chevy Trucks, both trucks offer Centennial Blue exterior paint color, exclusive front and rear heritage bowties and 100 year door badges, which were inspired by colors and design cues found on early Chevrolet Trucks. Centennial Editions also include a spray-in bedliner with heritage bowtie emblem and accessory floor liners with heritage bowtie emblems.

Centennial Editions in celebration of Chevy trucks’ 100th anniversary are available for the Silverado with LTZ Z71 trim with the Crew Cab, and the mid-size Colorado with Z71 trim and either the Crew Cab or the Extended Cab. For both models, the Centennial Edition package includes exclusive heritage bowtie emblems on the front and rear; “100 year” door badges; a spray-in bedliner with the heritage bowtie emblem; and unique Centennial Blue exterior paint, as well as chrome tow hooks, door handles, and mirror caps. Items unique to the Silverado include twenty-two inch painted wheels with all-terrain tires, and a special steering wheel with a chrome bowtie emblem. Unique Colorado items include a body-colored rear bumper and front grille surround and LT optional eighteen-inch wheels with monochromatic caps.

2018 Centennial Edition Colorado - The Centennial Edition Colorado

All models have dual-zone automatic climate control and either a 4.2 inch driver information display or an 8-inch touchscreen if you select Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system. Engines available for the Silverado are the 5.3 Liter EcoTec3 V8 rated at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, and if you’re really serious about hauling, the 6.2 Liter V8 rated at 420 horsepower and a whopping 460 lb-ft of torque. In the Colorado, you can have a 3.6 Liter V6 with 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque or a 2.8 Liter I-4 Duramax turbo diesel rated at 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. All engines are available with either two- or four-wheel drive. The three gasoline engines each have an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel comes with a 6-speed automatic.

2018 Centennial Edition Silverado - The Centennial Edition

“The Silverado and Colorado Centennial Editions are a result of collaboration between Chevrolet Design, Engineering and Marketing, to commemorate the history of Chevy Trucks,” said Rich Scheer, Chevrolet Trucks director of Exterior Design. “Both vehicles offer our most enthusiastic fans a way to demonstrate their love for Chevy Trucks and celebrate the Chevy Trucks Centennial with us.”

Chevy Truck Legends Program

Chevy Truck Centennial Bass Boat

The Chevy Truck Legends program is a community for owners of Chevy trucks with at least 100,000 miles on the odometer, or those who have purchased or leased one or more Chevy trucks in their lifetime. Once you register for this program, you are eligible to receive exclusive rewards such as concert seats, tickets to Major League Baseball sold-out events, sneak peeks at new Chevy models, and exclusive Chevy Truck Legends memorabilia. Special gear available to Chevy Truck Legends include a Special Centennial Edition bass boat by Phoenix Boats and a Centennial Edition enclosed trailer made by Tech Trailer.

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You’re eligible to become a Chevy Truck Legend if you own, or have ever owned or leased a Chevrolet Silverado or Silverado HD; any past C/K trucks; a Colorado; any past S-10 trucks; a Tahoe; a Suburban; or an Avalanche. You can join the following long-lived legends in celebrating Chevy’s Centennial year: “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” a 1968 C/K pickup with 300,000 miles; “Lucky,” a 1993 C/K pickup with 700,000 miles; “Old 49er,” a 1949 3100 five-window pickup with 550,000 miles; and “Like a Rock,” a 1993 S-10 with 450,000 miles. To join the program, please register with Chevy Truck Legends online.

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“The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for us, and is equally important to our customers,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Advertising and Marketing director. “That’s why we will be celebrating 100 years of Chevy Trucks over the course of the next 100 days. It’s important that we share this celebration with our loyal customers who have helped us achieve this accomplishment.”

1918 One-Ton

1918 Chevy One Ton

This is the truck that started it all. The One-Ton was meant to be an affordable and flexible platform for customers to build on and could be purchased as a cowl and chassis, or as an express body with or without a curtain top. Powered by a 224 cu. in. four-cylinder engine rated at 36 horsepower, the One-Ton had a top speed of 25 mph.

1929 Series AC Light Delivery

1929 Series AC Light Delivery

The first truck in the industry to feature an OHV 6-cylinder engine displacing 194 cu. in. rated at 46 horsepower. The Series AC cost $400 as a chassis, or $595 as a Sedan delivery.

1938 Half-Ton

1938 Half Ton

The Half-Ton was the first truck to be designed by General Motors’ new Art and Color Section, led by the legendary designer Harley Earl. With a 216 cu. in. engine rated at 78 horsepower, the Half-Ton sold for $595.

1947 3100 Series

1947 3100 series

The first of the post-WWII “Advance Design” pickup truck, the 3100 Series offered a wider cabin with seating for three, and new features like a fresh air heater/defroster system and an in-dash radio. Powered by a 78 horsepower, 216 cu. in. six-cylinder engine, the 3100 Series cost $1,087.

1955 3124 Series Cameo Carrier

1955 3124 series cameo carrier

The first-generation successor to the “Advance Design” trucks, the Cameo Carrier offered passenger car-style seating with a luxurious interior. Offered with a six-cylinder, 235 cu. in. 123 horsepower engine, the Cameo Carrier’s price was $1,981.

1967 C/K 10 Series


1967 CK 10 series

The clean and iconic design of the C/K 10 Series added comfort and convenience features to what had previously been a line of work trucks. Costing $2,408, the C/K 10 Series was powered by a choice of six-cylinder, small block V8, or big block V8 engines.

Regardless of your brand loyalty, you have to tip your hat to Chevrolet—designing and manufacturing a successful product as complex as a motor vehicle for one hundred years is truly a great accomplishment. We at TireBuyer give Chevrolet Trucks a big Thumbs Up on their 100th birthday.


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